Fox News' Hemmer did not challenge GOP strategist's false claim that Obama "has not authored a single piece of legislation"

››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN

America's Newsroom co-host Bill Hemmer failed to challenge Republican strategist Andrea Tantaros' false claims that "[Sen.] Barack Obama has not authored a single piece of legislation" and that "Barack Obama has dealt with zero foreign policy." In fact, Obama has sponsored or been a key co-sponsor of numerous bills, including an initiative to secure unguarded weapons stockpiles in foreign countries.

During the September 8 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom, co-host Bill Hemmer failed to challenge Republican strategist Andrea Tantaros' false claims that "[Sen.] Barack Obama has not authored a single piece of legislation" and that "Barack Obama has dealt with zero foreign policy." In fact, Obama has sponsored or been a key co-sponsor of numerous bills, including the "Lugar-Obama nonproliferation initiative" to secure unguarded weapons stockpiles in foreign countries -- which became law in January 2007. Obama was also a lead co-sponsor of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, and Sen. John McCain, a co-sponsor of the bill, thanked Obama for his work on the bill, which became law in September 2006.

Obama also sponsored the "Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2005" (S.2125), signed into law by President Bush on December 22, 2006. In the 110th Congress, Obama has so far introduced 59 bills for which he is the primary sponsor.

From the September 8 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:

TANTAROS: Look, this is not a fight that the Democrats want. They do not want to debate their top of the ticket on experience versus our bottom of the ticket. You know, Barack Obama has not authored a single piece of legislation. His motto is, "When the going gets tough, the tough vote present."

I mean, this is so different than Sarah Palin, who manages a budget in Alaska of $6 billion. She has 24,000 employees underneath her. She shares a border with Canada and Russia; nobody else can say that. She's got a breadth and depth on the energy issue; Obama can't say that. And effectively, McCain has ripped the change mantra out of Obama's hands. McCain chose an outsider; Obama chose a Washington insider with Joe Biden.

BECKEL: She shares a border with Canada and Russia?

TANTAROS: She has to deal with --

BECKEL: First of all, it's not a border with Russia, number one. But number two --

TANTAROS: Yes, it is.

BECKEL: -- what is that supposed to mean? Does that make her an expert in Soviet affairs? I mean, what does that mean?

TANTAROS: Bob, it's still something that no other governor has to deal with, and Barack Obama has --

BECKEL: Has to deal with?

TANTAROS: -- dealt with zero foreign policy, Bob. Three weeks in Karachi does not make him a foreign policy expert.

BECKEL: Does she have the Alaska National Guard defending herself?

TANTAROS: Three weeks in Karachi. That's what Barack Obama said makes him more experienced than Hillary Clinton and John McCain. That is laughable.

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